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Tiger Woods talks to the media during a news conference at the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Wednesday in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tiger Woods talks to the media during a news conference at the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Wednesday in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tiger Woods talks to the media during a news conference at the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Wednesday in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

WORLD No 1 Tiger Woods will make his first start of 2014 at one of his happiest hunting grounds in the Farmers Insurance Open this week.

As well as winning the last of his 14 Major titles at Torrey Pines in the 2008 US Open, Woods has enjoyed phenomenal success in the regular PGA Tour event in La Jolla, California.

In 13 appearances Woods has won seven times, finished runner-up once and recorded a total of 12 top-10 finishes, maintaining a stroke average of 68.61 and shooting under-par in 43 of his 51 rounds.

Woods is a total of 173 under-par for an event that has earned him almost $7million in prize money alone, but he is not the only top player to have enjoyed significant success at Torrey Pines. Phil Mickelson has made 24 appearances in the event, winning it three times and recording two runner-up finishes, and comes into the week on the back of a share of second place on the European Tour.

 

ROCKET HIT WITH £6,000 FINE FOR TWITTER CLAIMS

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan has been fined £6,000 by snooker's ruling body for a series of Twitter comments that included his claim that match-fixing could be rife.

The reigning world champion, who landed his fifth Masters title on Sunday night at Alexandra Palace, was charged with breaching the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's members rules.

The WPBSA announced that its disciplinary committee assessed the claim – later retracted – from O'Sullivan last September that referred to fixing, a "suggestion he used pills that helped his performance", and a further "offensive" tweet.

In a statement, the WPBSA said: "He was fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards the cost of the hearing. Such behaviour will not be tolerated by the WPBSA."

 

EVANS GOES SOLO TO TAKE LEAD DOWN UNDER

CYCLING: Australian Cadel Evans snatched the overall leader's jersey from compatriot Simon Gerrans with a stunning solo victory in stage three of the Tour Down Under today.

The 2011 Tour de France champion's stunning ascent of the 2.4 kilometre Corkscrew Hill followed by a late surge towards the end of the 145 kilometre stage put him 12 seconds ahead of Orica-GreenEdge rider Gerrans with three stages left.

"I had an idea of the opportunity I could get on Corkscrew climb and I knew what to do," said the 36-year-old BMC rider who has been plagued by health and consistency issues over the last two years.


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